Curriculum and Requirements

The Manchester curriculum is designed to meet relevant, timely needs in education and provide training which students can apply in their own classrooms and schools. Students will grow professionally, becoming more reflective practitioners. Their courses will help them develop a deeper understanding of the dynamics of collaboration, knowledge of best practices, and the ability to effectively apply action research and assessment strategies. Seminar courses taken through an Educational Service Center may also count toward the master’s degree if the student pays Manchester tuition (generally $850 for three credit hours).

Degree requirements

To be approved for degree candidacy, the student must have:

  1. Completed a minimum of 21 credits, including one research course and the field experience requirements with a 3.0 minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA).
  2. Submitted and passed an initial portfolio examination with at least eight substantial assignments from within the program.
  3. A proposal for an action research project approved by the program director.

To earn the M.Ed. degree, students must:

  1. Complete 33 credits with a minimum 3.0 GPA
  2. Complete a culminating action research project or curriculum development project.
  3. Submit a final portfolio.

Courses (*asterisk denotes a required course)

Professional Education (12 credits required). Courses address best practices in curriculum planning, teaching strategies, assessment, and issues in education:

EDUC 510* Applied Curriculum 3
EDUC 511* Emerging Issues in Teaching and Learning 3
EDUC 513* Reflective Teaching 3
EDUC 515* Models of Teaching 3

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Field Experience (5 credits required).
Field experiences provide the opportunity to directly and collaboratively apply best practices in teaching, learning and assessment. Students will participate in field experiences directly linked to coursework, as well as field work that may not be linked to a specific course but are designed to address a specific school, classroom or school corporation issue. Research and literature in best practices will be utilized to design, implement and evaluate every field experience.

EDUC 540* Focused Field Experience(may be repeated for a maximum of four credits) 1
EDUC 544* Applied Field Experience (description) 1-4 (Limited to four credits in degree program. Concurrent enrollment with one or more of the following: EDUC 510, 511, 513, 515). 1-4

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Research and assessment (11 to 17 credits required).
Courses focus on best practices in education, practical assessment and evaluation strategies for school settings, and practical action research strategies for the classroom and school setting. Participants will build a professional portfolio based on collaboration and mentorship in action research and problem-solving in educational settings.

STAT 520 Statistics 3
EDUC 550 Research Methods 4
EDUC 585 Seminar 1-4
EDUC 610 Culminating Project 3-6

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Cognate courses (3 to 6 credits required). These courses focus on content which is not primarily curriculum development and pedagogy. Such courses enrich the graduate program and open students’ perspectives of the broader context of education. Participants will complete a minimum of three credits and a maximum of nine credits. All participants will complete at least three credits in conflict transforMEDion.

PEAC 501* Conflict Transformation 3
Electives, including up to six credits of graduate coursework outside the area of education.
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